Hang onto your hats, folks, because there’s another big worldly sale of International movie posters going on the auction block today at EmP!
What you gotta love about EMoviePoster.com is that you can discover some of the “best” worst movie posters ever made, which brings me to these corny porn X-Rated ditties.
Not surprisingly, sexploitation movie posters actually have a small, but loyal fan base as there have been two high-profile books published on the genre, X-Rated: Adult Movie Posters of the 60’s and 70’s, and Trash: The Graphic Genius of Xploitation Movie Posters, both of which happen to be very entertaining…or so I’ve heard!
Courtesy of EMP, let me introduce you to the designs of Penelope, an X-Rated movie poster artist (and the very first “Adult” artist featured on the Meansheets)! Although she is by no means a Bob Peak or Saul Bass, you’ve got to give the girl (or guy?) credit for her consistency in style. I would’ve loved to have seen her dirty Art Deco-y take on a Russ Meyer flick!
A few months ago, I came across the funky old-timey vintage posters of Elaine Havelock on EMoviePoster — and was transfixed by the bright, blasts of color.
And then recently, I found a few of her works for sale on Etsy from PinkPoppyVintage, but noticed that the vendor listed the artist as Elaine HANELOCK, not Havelock. A closer look at the signature does boggle the viewer…Is that a cursive N or a sloppy V? But since other movie poster galleries had also previously listed the artist as Havelock, I contacted PinkPoppyVintage to politely inform her of the minor error — but PPV quickly wrote me back that I was the one who was, in fact, incorrect as Elaine HANELOCK was a graphic pop artist in the 60’s who created mod mashups of Hollywood’s Golden Age movie stars with a psychedelic motif.
So there you have it…Whether it’s a Hanelock or a Havelock, it’s beautiful!
Speaking of EMoviePoster, they’re having their big four-part December 2010 Mini/Major Auction of one sheets, rolled posters, linenbacked items, and all sorts of everything ephemera…
One of my favorite all-time movie poster artists is the Argentinean illustrator, Osvaldo Venturi — who I didn’t even know existed until a year and a half ago when I stumbled upon his work in The Art of The Modern Movie Poster from The Posteritati Gallery in NYC.
Venturi’s elegant posters from the 1940s and 19450s are more like paintings than one sheets, filled with vivid, swirling bursts of color and large dramatic faces of movie stars (perhaps he was the one who invented the notorious “floating heads“).
The price ranges for these beauties are all over the map from thousands of dollars on eBay to just a couple ten spots on EMoviePoster if you get lucky. So, to paraphrase Ferris Bueller, “if you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.”